GE15: Sabah Bersatu women’s wing wants female candidate retained for Beaufort

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has no plans to give up the Beaufort parliamentary seat and wants a woman to remain as its candidate.

Sabah Bersatu Srikandi chief Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, who is Beaufort MP, said the women’s wing had no intention to give up the seat for the 15th General Election.

Azizah said Bersatu’s Srikandi wing would defend the seat even though there was a possibility that she would not be fielded.

She said it was up to the party leadership to decide on the candidate for the Beaufort seat – as long as Srikandi’s request for a female candidate is retained.

“We will defend the Beaufort parliamentary seat even though it may not be me who is nominated,” she said after chairing the Sabah Bersatu Srikandi meeting here Saturday (May 14).

The Beaufort parliamentary seat was won by Azizah in the 2018 General Election on a Barisan Nasional-Umno ticket.

Azizah, together with four other Sabah Umno MPs, left to join Bersatu in 2019 during the exodus of state Umno leaders shortly after the fall of the state Barisan Nasional government.

Sabah Umno wants to contest all its 14 of 25 traditional parliamentary seats in the coming election. The seats would include the five MP seats held by Sabah Bersatu, who is a member of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition with state Barisan.

Azizah reiterated Sabah Bersatu’s Srikandi hope that women candidates from the party would be given at least four seats to contest in GE15.

“If given more than four more seats, it is good, but we hope four seats must be given to women,” she said.

On the launching of GRS on May 26, she said women leaders should be given their due place in the new coalition.

“In any political coalition, women cannot be marginalised, instead they should be taken seriously because 50% of the population, including voters in this country and state, are women,” she added.

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